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When Catholics turn right: the effects of the Islamic terrorism threat on the fragmented Catholic Italian voters

Vergani, Matteo and Tacchi, Enrico Maria 2016, When Catholics turn right: the effects of the Islamic terrorism threat on the fragmented Catholic Italian voters, Journal of ethnic and migration studies, vol. 42, no. 11, pp. 18851-1903, doi: 10.1080/1369183X.2015.1112258.

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Title When Catholics turn right: the effects of the Islamic terrorism threat on the fragmented Catholic Italian voters
Author(s) Vergani, Matteo
Tacchi, Enrico Maria
Journal name Journal of ethnic and migration studies
Volume number 42
Issue number 11
Start page 18851
End page 1903
Total pages 19
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1369-183X
1469-9451
Keyword(s) threat
terrorism
Italy
Summary Italy, as well as most European countries, has been hit by a wave of anxiety arising from groups such as ISIS and Al Qaeda, whose effects on political attitudes are still under-examined. This article investigates the effect of the perceived threat of Islamic terrorism as a potential driver for a ‘right turn’ in the Catholic Italian electorate with open-ended interviews and an Internet-based experiment in which voters were randomly assigned to a terrorism threat manipulation and to a control condition (N = 138). The results show that the Islamic terroristic threat significantly increased the support for centre-right leaders who promoted in-group identity and out-group hostility towards Muslims. Implications for the debate about the effects of perceived threat on political opinions and the relevance of the findings beyond the Italian case are discussed at the end of the article.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/1369183X.2015.1112258
Field of Research 160602 Citizenship
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Informa
Free to Read? No
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30084422

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Alfred Deakin Research Institute
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